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Meet Glenn Waggner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Glenn Waggner.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in the surf/ skateboard culture of Los Angeles in the 70’s. I was always sketching and making twisted cartoons, which I still do today. My background was mainly in architecture, and it wasn’t until almost twenty years ago I started painting.

As soon as I tried painting with oils I was hooked. I loved the colors and feel of the medium and how it captured my vividly colored worlds, expressionistic cityscapes and beach scenes. Most of my art comes from my imagination. I like to take a realistic scene and really push the boundaries of what is real.

Please tell us about your art.
I try to create slightly different worlds than the one we live in. My latest paintings are of landscapes with a lot of skies and some kind of land with tiny people or architecture. Sometimes we need to be reminded of how small we are compared to nature.

Everything starts with an idea. Sometimes the idea does not appear at first, but usually by working something will form into art. I also have a lot of fun with titles and these never appear before the painting is finished.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristics do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
It’s all about the work. Keep pushing and exploring new ideas. I try to work all the time and even while I’m not at my easel I’m thinking about art.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I just finished a solo show at the Neutra Museum Gallery in Silverlake. I am currently showing in group shows throughout Los Angeles and my paintings can be found on my website and Instagram.

I highly recommend that if there is an artist you like to go to their shows. Most artists in Los Angeles are friendly and there is so much amazing talent here. And there is no comparison to seeing art in person as opposed to on a computer screen.

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